Hot Air Balloons Take Flight for 5th Annual Festival

Amy Adamle
September 13, 2017 06:17 PM

The Duluth Hot Air Balloon Festival is back in Bayfront Festival Park for its fifth year.  This year they have new additions. 

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The festival starts Friday with activities lasting all weekend long.  They'll have a craft brew village, live music, kite flying, and multiple balloon launches weather permitting.

To launch the balloon, they have to have specific weather conditions. 

"We need to have the proper wind direction, we don't want to go out around the lake," Steve Sinnen, a Remax balloon pilot, said.  "We need to go over the hill in an area that has landing spots."

Clouds also must be a minimum of 2,000 feet from the ground to the bottom layer of clouds, with at least three miles of visibility.  Winds at Bayfront must be under nine miles per hour and wind speeds 250 feet above ground must be under 13 miles per hour.

"We love that opportunity to be able to inflate the balloons, hearing the flames as they fill the envelopes, and seeing the baskets surrounding the bowl, that's really exciting," Lindsay Kern with Kern and Kompany's Community Relations, said. 

The main attraction is a Disney Channel star, Kevin Quinn.  He'll be performing Saturday for Kids Live.  On Sunday they'll top it all off with the Color Run and one last balloon launch.  

The balloons won't be inflated for the entire festival.  Specific times are listed on their website.  


Amy Adamle

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